Say Goodbye to Your Dental Stains

By Bruce E. Hanley DDS
October 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you love your smile but hate what dental stains have done to your teeth? Teeth whitening can erase stains and restore your bright dental implantssmile. Our Arlington, VA, dentist, Dr. Bruce Hanley, shares some information on professional teeth whitening benefits.

Professional whitening offers impressive results

You have two options when you want to whiten your smile. You can either buy a whitening product from the drugstore or visit the dentist for professional teeth whitening. Professional whitening offers a few benefits you won't get from drugstore kits, including:

  • Speed: Commercially available kits can lighten teeth, but most products require a time commitment of weeks or months. If the product is particularly slow to work, you may soon forget to apply it. Professional whitening only takes one hour in our Arlington office. If you have particularly stubborn stains, you may need an additional session.
  • Safety: Hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent in both professional and over-the-counter whiteners, is very effective at breaking up stains in your tooth enamel. Although it's perfectly safe for your teeth, hydrogen peroxide can irritate or damage your sensitive gums and roots. If the whitening product comes in contact with your gums during a home whitening session, you may experience painful sensitivity. Before your teeth are professionally whitened, retractors will be used to gently hold your lips and mouth away from your teeth. Your gums will also be coated with a protective gel that prevents irritation.
  • Effectiveness: Did you know that hydrogen peroxide has no effect on plaque and tartar? If you happen to have these substances on your teeth before you whiten, your teeth will look spotted after the treatment. Professional whitening sessions include a dental cleaning to ensure that no plaque or tartar remains on your teeth.
  • Results: After the hydrogen peroxide gel is removed from your teeth, you'll be amazed at the results. It's not unusual to experience a three- to eight-shade difference after one professional teeth whitening session. If you want your teeth to stay white and bright after treatment, avoid or limit smoking and eating or drinking foods or beverages that contain dark pigments, such as coffee, tea, wine, soy sauce or berries.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening. Call our Arlington, VA, dentist, Dr. Hanley, at (703) 524-7100 to schedule your appointment.